Restaurant Manager Credentials

managefirst_fcManageFirst – Get your Restaurant Manager Credentials Here!

Are you a manager or owner of a restaurant looking for new opportunities and education to help you better manage your restaurant? Congratulations! You came to the right place. NMRA is dedicated to being your leading advocate and invaluable resource for education in our industry. Many of you have taken ServSafe from NMRA and know your knowledge and skills are enhanced for having the classroom time and review before the exam. We are now going to challenge you further and help you hone your skills to become a better manager.

Manage First Professional Credential Requirements.

By taking five (5) ManageFirst courses at NMRA you can walk away with your MFP credential after your name. Many of you already have one core requirement behind you in having passed ServSafe. So here’s the rules…

Requirements for Credentials:

You must pass four (4) Core Topic Certificates: Controlling Foodservice Costs, Hospitality and Restaurant Management, Hospitality Human Resources Management and Supervision, and ServSafe.


You must pass one (1) Foundation Topic Certificate (electives): Customer Service, Principles of Food and Beverage Management, Purchasing, Hospitality Accounting, Hospitality and Restaurant Marketing, Nutrition, Bar and Beverage Management and ServSafe Alcohol.


800 Hours of Industry Work Hours (you probably already have this)


MFP – ManageFirst Professional Credential

Click Here to let us know you are interested in taking additional ManageFirst Classes, and we can inform you as they are scheduled.

Cost of each course is $179 for members of the New Mexico Restaurant Association, or $269 for non-members. If a student chooses to take all five classes to receive the MFP credential the classes are discounted at a member price of $799 ($100 savings) or a nonmember price of $1,295 ($50 savings).

Each ManageFirst textbook consists of 8-10 chapters. A certification exam is proctored at the end of each course. The ManageFirst Program is instructed by nationally certified instructors with many years of industry experience. Courses are offered on Mondays and Tuesdays in four-hour blocks to accommodate industry professionals. Each topic is given at least 8 hours of in-class instruction (4 hours for two days) with a certification exam (approximately 2 hours) given at the end of the second day. More details and dates to come. Let us know if you are interested.

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